There has been and always will be the controversy about saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays". The debate has even creeped into the Republican Presidential debate. Here we turn to Treetopia.com for their research on the holiday greeting controversy. 

How did Treetopia figure this out? Here's the details on the research-

Using geotagged Twitter data, we were able to pinpoint the most common holiday verbiage used across all sections of America. And the results were pretty telling, If you’re not familiar with “geotagging” it simply means that certain users have allowed their location to be recorded when they post a tweet. We reviewed a sampling of 300,000 tweets that included the phrase “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” and plotted out our findings on a map of the US

The results proves that the South say "Merry Christmas". The Merry Christmas states include: ( Not a complete list)

  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
  • Alabama

But wait!! We have states in the Midwest that use Merry Christmas and they are-

  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Michigan

That's pretty much it for the Midwest. Most of the other country says "Happy Holidays". You can see the entire map here.

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